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For Immediate Release
March 27, 2006
Contact: George Smaragdis
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff

FEC UPGRADES WEBSITE SEARCH PROCESS

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission (FEC) today launched a new search process on its website at www.fec.gov.  The new search engine, powered by Google, offers several new features.  The key match feature, for example, highlights some of the pages that are viewed most often and lists them first in the search results.  Other features suggest synonymous search terms and spelling alternatives that may improve results.  The new search engine also has an advanced search capability and offers tips on how to search in a Google-based engine.  Another benefit of the Google search engine is its ease of use and familiarity to the general public.

            “The FEC is always looking for ways to make our website better, and this new search tool will help people get exactly the information they are looking for as quickly and easily as possible” said Commission Chairman Michael Toner.

In addition to the functional improvements, the new search engine also enhances the appearance of the site. While the search field remains in the upper right corner of the FEC’s home page and looks the same as before, the pages it produces have a new look and feel that is more in keeping with the rest of the agency’s site.

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